At the outset of this project potential partner cities were invited to join a network in which young people would be empowered to make a contribution to civic life in their cities; to make recommendations to statutory bodies; and help to develop forms of governance that encourage the active participation of young people. The idea behind this was simple: young people are the future and, as such, they should be the source of solutions to local issues. The „Young Citizens‘ Project“ ended up …
The growing up of girls and boys as well as the biographical transitions of young women and men more and more become a key arena for the societal discourse on new forms of social integration and exclusion. This, however, makes it more difficult to address young people as a resource for society rather than as a problem and to recosgnise their status of ‚citizens in the making‘.
On the research level we are interested how children and young people cope with the societal demands of growing up and combine this with their desires of shaping their lives in a subjectively meaningful way. We also ask under which conditions participation in terms of real ownership can be established in all relevant societal areas. In this regard, international comparative analysis reveals different concepts of youth which are reflected by different structures of youth policy.
On the practice level we are involved in local processes of youth policy planning, in the development of youth work practice and of the cooperation between school and youth services.
UP2YOUTH a thematic network (full title: „Youth – Actor o Social Change“) funded under the EU’s 6th framework programme. More information can be found under the Internet Portal www.up2youth.org .
Videos „Being in Transition“ have been produced by young people from 10 European cities in the context of the YOYO study.
Youth report Baden-Wuerttemberg 2003 In 2002/2003 IRIS e.V. produced (together with colleagues from the University of Tuebingen) the part-report „Youth work“ within the 2nd Youth Report in Baden-Wuerttemberg. The aim of the IRIS-part was to explain the structure of children and youth work in Baden-Wuerttemberg but also its resources and perspectives, especially related to ist relevance for „formation“ and „education“. Some of the most important aspects are: One of the main resources of children and youth work is ist richness …
YOYO – Youth Policy and Participation „Youth Policies and Participation“ (YOYO) is an EGRIS (European Group for Integrated Social Research) project, coordinated by IRIS e.V. (Institut für regionale Innovation und Sozialforschung) Tübingen and funded the European Commision’s 5. Framework Programme for Research.
YOYO – Youth Policy and Participation More information on YOYO can be found in the project description page. YOYO has published the following articles and book chapters:
In 2001, the European Commission charged a cosortium of 18 youth research institutions with the preparation of a comprehensive report on the situation of young people in the European Union. With the Milan-based institute IARD in the lead, the consortium produced a report with three special focuses: the social situation of youths in the EU, youth policies in Europe and the training of youth workers. IRIS was responsable for the third part of the study – an overview of training …
1997-1998 Contributions to the hearings of the parliamentary commission „Jugend-Arbeit-Zukunft“ (Youth-Work-Future) initiated by the regional parlament of Baden-Württemberg on the topics of open youth work, gender-specific youth work and support measures in transitions to work. 1990-1991 Study „Jugendliche in Tübingen“ (Youth in Tübingen) as a basis for urban planning in the Southern Tübingen, in cooperation with the University of Tübingen